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The coaching staff of the National Football League's Tampa Bay Buccaneers has equipped every one of their 90 players with an iPad 2 to view playbooks and watch videos.

Using the iPad 2 has allowed the staff to save time and paper, as players were previously provided with periodicals the size of a phone book. Now, the teams plays have been digitized and each player has been provided with an iPad, according to the St. Petersburg Times.

In addition to allowing players to brush up on the team's extensive list of plays, they also use their iPads to watch video files of NFL games, practices and situational videos.

"It's convenient. It's fast," safety Cody Grimm reportedly said. "I was snacking out on the couch and watching some film, and realized I was, like, two quarters through (a) game already."

The idea to distribute iPads to players came from the team's head coach, Raheem Morris. At 34 years old, Morris is the youngest head coach in the NFL, and he also has the youngest roster in the NFL. The iPad has been viewed as a way to entice the team's young lineup to study film.

Previously, if players wanted to watch a film at home, they had to get the team's crew to make a copy of a DVD. Now, they can watch film anywhere via their iPad.



"With this iPad, I can just flick through, and if that play doesn't apply to me, I just touch it and get out of there and go here, and there's third down," Morris said. "Get out of there, and let's go to the red zone. Okay, there's the nickel. It's a different deal now."

He also praised the ability of the team to remotely wipe an iPad in the event that a player loses the device, ensuring that the Bucs' playbook won't leak to another NFL team. The free Find My iPad service allows users to remotely locate and, if necessary, erase all data on their iPad if it goes missing.

The Buccaneers' use of the iPad is just another way Apple's touchscreen tablet has found adoption in a highly specialized role. Earlier this week, United Airlines announced it is distributing 11,000 iPads across all of its Continental and United flight decks to make their cockpits paperless, following the Federal Aviation Administration's approval of the device for use as an electronic flight bag.
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You know, this stuff if coming pretty fast and furious. If an Android or Win8 tablet can't make some headway in the next year, it's starting to look like the world will have standardized on the iPad. Which is to say iOS, with all that means for the platform.
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Heaven forbid they should pay for their own.
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Now if only those of us in the Tampa Bay area could see a home game on TV. Just as it was last year, all home games are expected to be blacked out.
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iPad - Just a toy. No productive use at all. /Sarcasm
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You know, this stuff if coming pretty fast and furious. If an Android or Win8 tablet can't make some headway in the next year, it's starting to look like the world will have standardized on the iPad. Which is to say iOS, with all that means for the platform.

The competitors just want test the waters, dabble in the tablet space. See what a difference it makes when you go all in, with a whole ecosystem and brilliant marketing. That is what they can't match. The competitors hardware is probably ok, it is the attention to detail and the dedication to excellence that Apple has, that has them beat.

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You know, this stuff if coming pretty fast and furious. If an Android or Win8 tablet can't make some headway in the next year, it's starting to look like the world will have standardized on the iPad. Which is to say iOS, with all that means for the platform.

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They're even using a freaking iPad as a playbook now!, said one visibly upset and terrified RIM executive to another. Shortly thereafter, they both proceeded to slash their wrists, due to the impending and unavoidable doom.
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Anyone else see some irony in the fact that they will view their "playbook" on the iPad 2 ????

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The competitors just want test the waters, dabble in the tablet space. See what a difference it makes when you go all in, with a whole ecosystem and brilliant marketing. That is what they can't match. The competitors hardware is probably ok, it is the attention to detail and the dedication to excellence that Apple has, that has them beat.

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With the Bucs doing it, you can be sure every single NFL team will follow suit by season's end.
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This isn't terribly new, but still pretty cool. Lots of sports teams have been using video-capable iPods and such to load clips for scouting the opposition.

One memorable incident of the iPod giving a team the scouting edge took place during a penalty shootout in an English soccer match. Manchester United's goalkeeper that day, Ben Foster, grabbed an iPod between kicks to watch clips of his opponents taking their penalties so he could get an insight as to what their tendencies were. Sure enough, he made a couple of saves and United won the match.
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With the Bucs doing it, you can be sure every single NFL team will follow suit by season's end.

Not the 49ers. They are going to put their plays in neck tattoos.
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The iPad has been viewed as a way to entice the team's young lineup to study film.

OK, making millions of dollars per year is not enough "enticement" to do your job?

I predict a losing season for the Bucs....however, they will set new scoring records for ANGRY BIRDS.

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Not the 49ers. They are going to put their plays in neck tattoos.

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You know, this stuff if coming pretty fast and furious. If an Android or Win8 tablet can't make some headway in the next year, it's starting to look like the world will have standardized on the iPad. Which is to say iOS, with all that means for the platform.

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NEWS: after little more than a year of fingerpaint training, NFL players feel ready to take on the challenge of using ipads. "it's a big step for us" said Granite Chunkosky, "but we are ready."
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You know, this stuff if coming pretty fast and furious. If an Android or Win8 tablet can't make some headway in the next year, it's starting to look like the world will have standardized on the iPad. Which is to say iOS, with all that means for the platform.

That is exactly right. In fact, it might already be too late. The iPad has a huge lead here.

And I think these highly specialized usage models indicate that Apple's vision of the iPad as "post PC" is the correct one.

When people talk about Microsoft needing to hurry up and get into the tablet business, they forget that Microsoft has been in the tablet business for a decade. It's just that nobody bought into Microsoft's view of the tablet as a PC, whereas people bought into Apple's vision starting day 1.

And when people talk about Windows 8 as Microsoft's "true" tablet OS, they forget that Windows 7 was described that way when the iPad came out. No doubt in 2013 we'll be hearing how Windows 9 is just around the corner, and it will really take share from the iPad, blah blah blah.
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I can see the day when an iPad on the sidelines is being used for reviewing plays in between series.
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So now they've paid out for all these iPads with Tampa Bay, should we be expecting the Glazer family (owners of TBB) to do the same with Manchester United?
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Heaven forbid they should pay for their own.

They're considered team equipment/property, should the players also buy their own helmets, cleats, pay for travel to games? Your comment makes no sense. Don't be jealous others make a lot more money than you.

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OK, making millions of dollars per year is not enough "enticement" to do your job?

Most rookies don't make millions, they make around the minimum of $500k. A lot of money yes, but as in any place of work there are those who do just enough to get by and those who work over-time even if not needed.

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Now if only those of us in the Tampa Bay area could see a home game on TV. Just as it was last year, all home games are expected to be blacked out.

Get your Tampa people to attend games and they won't be blacked out, it's not the teams fault people don't attend the games. They were 10-6 last season, a good young team and people still stay home. Same here in the Bay Area for the Raiders.
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So now they've paid out for all these iPads with Tampa Bay, should we be expecting the Glazer family (owners of TBB) to do the same with Manchester United?

the only thing Man U needs to do is lose to Arsenal this sunday....Rooney go back to Everton! they need you! lol
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They're considered team equipment/property, should the players also buy their own helmets, cleats, pay for travel to games? Your comment makes no sense. Don't be jealous others make a lot more money than you.


Most rookies don't make millions, they make around the minimum of $500k. A lot of money yes, but as in any place of work there are those who do just enough to get by and those who work over-time even if not needed.


Get your Tampa people to attend games and they won't be blacked out, it's not the teams fault people don't attend the games. They were 10-6 last season, a good young team and people still stay home. Same here in the Bay Area for the Raiders.

Suppose it wouldn't have had anything to do with the cheapest stadium tickets last season being $100 for a single game. And those were awful seats, hard to get to, far removed from the field.
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You know, this stuff if coming pretty fast and furious. If an Android or Win8 tablet can't make some headway in the next year, it's starting to look like the world will have standardized on the iPad. Which is to say iOS, with all that means for the platform.

The NFL is adopting the iPad as the defacto device for all it's operations. I'm calling it now. When that happens, third parties that work with the NFL will be encouraged to do so, as well.
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The NFL is adopting the iPad as the defacto device for all it's operations. I'm calling it now. When that happens, third parties that work with the NFL will be encouraged to do so, as well.

No need to encourage them. It's the first tablet anyone thinks of if that's the form-factor they think might work for the intended purpose. Apple's done everything right.

They built the product on the same general platform as their already highly successful iPod/iPhone. Supported it with an amazingly effective media campaign. Made sure it maintained the same cool-factor as Apple's other products. It's going to take an extended effort by someone else to break Apple's stranglehold on the tablet market. They've learned from some minor marketing missteps with the iPhone and don't look like they'll make the same mistakes again if they're avoidable. I don't see serious competition for at least another year or two.
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That is exactly right. In fact, it might already be too late. The iPad has a huge lead here.

And I think these highly specialized usage models indicate that Apple's vision of the iPad as "post PC" is the correct one.

When people talk about Microsoft needing to hurry up and get into the tablet business, they forget that Microsoft has been in the tablet business for a decade. It's just that nobody bought into Microsoft's view of the tablet as a PC, whereas people bought into Apple's vision starting day 1.

And when people talk about Windows 8 as Microsoft's "true" tablet OS, they forget that Windows 7 was described that way when the iPad came out. No doubt in 2013 we'll be hearing how Windows 9 is just around the corner, and it will really take share from the iPad, blah blah blah.

Yeah, the special purpose deployments remind me of what struck me about the iPad at release- that it was a chimera, a blank slate designed to become whatever app it's running.

When people talk about "true multi-tasking" and argue about whether or not it's really a PC I think it really misses the point. The iPad is anything you want it to be. It's a TV, it's a musical instrument, it's a flight manual, it's a book, it's a drawing pad, it's a map, it's a presentation device, it's a color mixer, it's a calendar, it's a window on the web, it's a game, it's a video editor.

And I don't mean it can run apps to do those things, I mean it literally becomes those things-- a device that is completely featureless except for the graphics on the screen that create the control surfaces for the task at hand.

That was the real vision of the iPad, i believe. An endlessly morphing blank. That's why there's nothing there but a screen, enough bezel to hold it without triggering a touch event and the home button. That's why competitors that think adding shit makes their tablet "better" are clueless and always will be. That's why we're going to miss Jobs so much-- he knew what it needed to be, and it needed to be less.
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So now they've paid out for all these iPads with Tampa Bay, should we be expecting the Glazer family (owners of TBB) to do the same with Manchester United?

Soccer has less reliance on a "playbook" but more on making sure a player plays in the right position and has basic instructions. That said, I'm sure iPads will sooner or later turn up in all manner of sports.

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the only thing Man U needs to do is lose to Arsenal this sunday....Rooney go back to Everton! they need you! lol

Arsenal is Doomed™ (and I say that as a neutral)
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With the Bucs doing it, you can be sure every single NFL team will follow suit by season's end.

But the Patriots will try to hack into the other team's iPads.
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